DRAFT GUIDE 2014

Lowetide
June 11 2014 07:07PM

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The NHL draft is two weeks away, and Oiler fans have yet another lottery pick to ponder. Have you been reading up on it? Maybe running a You Tube video or two of past Oiler picks? Well, if you want a crash course on this year's edition, read on.

2010 seems like years ago (I mean MANY years ago) and for Edmonton's hockey fans the draft has turned into an all-too-familiar annual highlight. As a fan, I cannot wait for this team to draft 27th overall on merit. That day is at least one year away.

SOURCES

If you're interested in purchasing a draft guide, I would highly recommend Red Line Report and Corey Pronman at ESPN. Both are well written and have strong opinions, and both are different enough to be worthwhile. Historically, I have found Red Line to be more in line with the Oilers thinking on these things, but that's just my guess.

There are some outstanding sources available free of charge:

  • Cody Nickolet, WHL From Above.    This is an outstanding resource for WHL prospects, Cody has a final list and a Mock Draft. Well written, and he also gives a range of where he believes these prospects will land.
  • Brock Otten, OHL Prospects.   A terrific website that breaks down the best OHL kids, and that's a long list. Brock's evaluations are splendid and thorough, you'll walk away from the site with a really good feel for the entire OHL crop this season. 
  • NHL.com    has a nice spot where they collect stories and update things. I find it wise to spin through there every day or so for an update.
  • Elite Prospects   This is a great place to read more about the European kids, often you'll get a very good bio from Future Considerations.
  • USA Today    They run Woodlief (Red Line Report) articles but also have Kevin Allen and others who update during this period.
  • Kirk Luedeke, NY and NE Hockey Journal.    Kirk does a wonderful job with USHL, college and eastern seaboard high school kids, and this is information that isn't readily available. Helluva nice guy, too. 

Beyond that, I would suggest Oilers Nation and the other Nation families do stellar work, Jason Gregor has interviewed Stu MacGregor and Kyle Woodlief in recent weeks. I've passed along some statistical breakdowns on the top players in the draft over the last few weeks, and will be adding to those beginning this weekend.

If you're a fan of the draft, stay tuned! Fun days ahead! 

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#51 pkam
June 12 2014, 10:01AM
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Sorensenator wrote:

Draft Draisaitl and have him play one more year with Prince Albert and at least one year in OKC after that.

If they are patient with him he could turn into a force - big and skilled.

Isn't Jason Spezza also big and skilled? Would you rather have Giroux or Bergeron than him? I will.

Not say LD is Jason Spezza #2. All I want to say is big and skilled means nothing if he doesn't have heart.

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#52 Lando
June 12 2014, 10:53AM
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Watch us draft Draisatl, turn into a slow lazy, unmotivated plug. While Calgary gets Bennet and he becomes Towes 2.0. Having the Flamers directly behind us is scary....

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#53 916oiler
June 12 2014, 11:02AM
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Can we please NOT have the Katz kid up there again. He CREEPS me out!!!!

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#54 pkam
June 12 2014, 11:33AM
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Lando wrote:

Watch us draft Draisatl, turn into a slow lazy, unmotivated plug. While Calgary gets Bennet and he becomes Towes 2.0. Having the Flamers directly behind us is scary....

What did the Flames do in the draft since 2008 that makes you think they are drafting better than us?

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#55 Annoyed
June 12 2014, 12:16PM
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pkam wrote:

Neither did Steve Tambellini, Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins, Keith Acton, Frederic Chabot, Stu Macgregor, Todd Nelson, Bob Green, Derek Laxdal.

Pat Quinn did play for the Oil Kings who turned into the oilers so....

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#56 Sorensenator
June 12 2014, 12:18PM
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pkam wrote:

Isn't Jason Spezza also big and skilled? Would you rather have Giroux or Bergeron than him? I will.

Not say LD is Jason Spezza #2. All I want to say is big and skilled means nothing if he doesn't have heart.

So called scouting reports saying that Leon Draisaitl lacks heart is a crock of sh!#.

We need big and skilled players to change the mix of our top 9 forwards. Adding similar players like Bergeron and Giroux does not fulfil that need.

If I am drafting Bennett he plays two more years in junior and at least two in the AHL.

Back to the pull up thing, if you can't do at least one and you're skinny, you are a weakling.

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#57 Lando
June 12 2014, 12:59PM
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What did the Flames do in the draft since 2008 that makes you think they are drafting better than us?

Not finish last in west nearly every year.... Compete harder with a fraction of the talent.... And hiring Burke was a good move, the man knows how to build a team.

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#58 Zarny
June 12 2014, 01:10PM
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pkam wrote:

Isn't Jason Spezza also big and skilled? Would you rather have Giroux or Bergeron than him? I will.

Not say LD is Jason Spezza #2. All I want to say is big and skilled means nothing if he doesn't have heart.

Yes, Spezza is big and skilled and in his prime I'd take him over Bergeron every day of the week as 1C simply because Spezza's offense vastly superior to Bergeron's. You can find a 2C to handle defensive duties a lot easier than you can find a guy who puts up pt/gm or more. Spezza had enough heart to get Ottawa to a Stanley Cup final. They didn't win but neither did Phi with Giroux and he had a much stronger supporting cast. Right now I'd take Giroux simply because he's younger and in his prime.

All 3 are outstanding players and ultimately it comes down to how they compliment the other players on the team.

Size/strength is focused on in Edm because that is what they lack. If all they had were 6'2" 220 lb power F we'd be focusing on acquiring a player like Eberle or Nuge.

Winning has always and will always be about the right mix of players.

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#59 KatzKidsJewFro
June 12 2014, 01:15PM
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@pkam

I would say that 2011 looks promising for Flames. Sven, Little Granlund, Gaudreau, Wotherspoon, plus Brossoit who they turned into an NHL defenseman. Still lots to be seen but I feel like that looks like a solid 5/5 at some point down the line. I'm not predicting All Stars, but there is probably 4 NHL players there and 1 via trade.

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#60 Zarny
June 12 2014, 01:46PM
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Lando wrote:

Watch us draft Draisatl, turn into a slow lazy, unmotivated plug. While Calgary gets Bennet and he becomes Towes 2.0. Having the Flamers directly behind us is scary....

Or watch Draisaitl turn into the next Anze Kopitar and Bennett progress like Jonathan Huberdeau. The reality is no one in this draft is a sure bet. None would have gone top 5 last year. They all have deficiencies in their game which is why there is no consensus best player.

There is nothing scary about the Flames drafting behind the Oilers. At #4 Calgary will get a very good prospect regardless of who it is.

If anything, Calgary at #4 could be an opportunity for Edmonton. If Bennett or Reinhart are available at #3 but the Oilers prefer Draisaitl there is an opportunity to trade down and still get the guy they want.

The question becomes who does Calgary want as well as NYI and Van sitting at #5 and #6? If Ekblad, Reinhart and Bennett go 1-3 do you think Calgary takes Draisaitl? If not and NYI really want Bennett or Reinhart to play behind Tavares the Oilers could look at dropping back to #5 and possibly pick up a 2nd round pick or maybe a player like Josh Bailey or Cal Clutterbuck and still draft Draisaitl.

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#61 Ryan
June 12 2014, 02:29PM
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Draft Draisaitl. Much more bigger, tough to handle, and even more skilled than Bennet.

Bennet in my mind is more like RNH and we don't need anymore small forwards. The only players in the top 5 that fits our team is Ekblad (If he's available) and Draisaitl.

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#62 Sorensenator
June 12 2014, 03:29PM
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Ryan wrote:

Draft Draisaitl. Much more bigger, tough to handle, and even more skilled than Bennet.

Bennet in my mind is more like RNH and we don't need anymore small forwards. The only players in the top 5 that fits our team is Ekblad (If he's available) and Draisaitl.

I agree Ekblad and Draisaitl are the only two that fit our team need.

Bennett is feisty but he will get rag dolled in the NHL unless he drastically improves his strength.

We need size and strength incorporated into the lineup, and in a hurry.

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#63 Gofucoffee
June 12 2014, 04:40PM
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IMHO I think we need to find a second first round between 7-15 to draft Alex Tuch. 6'4" 215 lbs. Perhaps another lucic or Burns. This kid will be the steal of the draft. Now what can we do to acquire this next superpower forward.

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#64 John Kirsch
June 12 2014, 10:36PM
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KatzKidsJewFro wrote:

I would say that 2011 looks promising for Flames. Sven, Little Granlund, Gaudreau, Wotherspoon, plus Brossoit who they turned into an NHL defenseman. Still lots to be seen but I feel like that looks like a solid 5/5 at some point down the line. I'm not predicting All Stars, but there is probably 4 NHL players there and 1 via trade.

Gaudreau is going to be a superstar.

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#65 Brian
June 13 2014, 11:10AM
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Mumbai Max wrote:

The pull up did not exist before this year at the combine. It replaced sit-ups.

You are half right, the pull up did not exist in previous combines. But teams were allowed to do extra testing outside of the combine itself. And the pull up was used as a test.

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#66 jeremy
June 13 2014, 02:02PM
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Lando wrote:

Not finish last in west nearly every year.... Compete harder with a fraction of the talent.... And hiring Burke was a good move, the man knows how to build a team.

I love the comment Burke knows how to build teams, really what team did he build - that Toronto one that is about to be imploded ? The cup winning ducks team, I forgot that it is hard to entice one of the best d men in the league to come play with his brother (who both said wanted to play together) and one of the other best when he went to the media to demand a trade. Brian Murray built that team. What did he do in Vancouver besides getting the sedins, once again when they twisted the arms of all nhl teams stating they wanted to play together, that was Nonis's who built that team. The only thing that Burke can say he has done successfully is take advantage of giftwrappings. But yes he knows how to build a team.

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